Spotlight Multi – Big Show – August 2018
Individual Multi – Friday 10 August 2018
Betting tips, soccer previews and predictions
Huddersfield v Chelsea (win) @ $1.60
John Smith’s Stadium. 12.00am Sunday
It’s never nice betting on a direct rival but I think it’s a nice way to top up the multi for a game I see Chelsea getting up for and ultimately proving their quality, especially in midfield. If we get to see Kovacic have a hit-out and paired with Kante and Jorginho, it’s worrying times for any midfield to come up against. I think the players will react to a new manager, which is often the case and want to stake a claim to cement starting spots. Hazard looks to be in career form and may have to do it all himself with Morata the donkey in front of him. He could easily make the Huddersfield backline look like turnstiles and turn John Smith’s Stadium into a playground… or a garden, the garden of Eden if you will.
Unfortunately, upon further digging I now hear murmurs that Hazard could be unavailable, but I really just wanted to add that line. Fingers crossed he makes the starting 11 because he may be the cutting edge Chelsea need, as I expect a low scoring affair based on the Blues seldom running away with it – 10 of their last 11 games have produced fewer than 3 goals.
Huddersfield have strengthened and will put up a fight at home, retaining Kongolo on a perm and adding Diakhaby amongst others has kept David Wagner busy on the transfer front and will be content with a point on matchday one here. Chelsea superior midfield and attacking wide players should produce enough pressure to create some clear cut chances for Morata to get his shin on to and clinch victory.
Prediction: 0 – 1
Watford (win) v Brighton @ $2.35
Vicarage Road, 12.00am Sunday
I think this leg comes down to my lack of faith in Brighton. In all fairness, Houghton has made three decent signings in Jahanbakhsh, Bissouma and Bernardo but they will need time to bed in and their major flaw is up top where they rely on a 35 year old Glen Murray…
Watford haven’t been amazing since Gracia’s appointment but he did guide them out of the relegation zone and if the Hornets are do trouble the scorers this season, these are the games they must be winning. They’ve finally bolstered themselves in goal, snapping up the Big Ben from relegated West Brom and captured Deulofeu on a permanent with Peneranda back at the club looking to add a bit of flair in attack that Richarlison may have taken with him on his way to his boyhood dream club Everton. Ken Sema has been added to plug the vacant left wing spot as well and could surprise a few people, the former Ostersund man gave Arsenal a hard time in last season’s Europa League, getting on the scoresheet.
Both side’s pre-season form has been mediocre at best but you can’t always take much from these games. This game should be won in the middle for the home side with Doucoure and Capoue flanked by Hughes and Sema in a 4-4-2 being too strong for Brighton who may take some time to find their feet, if at all, in 2018/19.
Prediction: 1 – 0
Livingstone v Kilmarnock (win and under 3.5 goals) @ $2.80
Tony Macaroni Stadium, 12.00am Sunday
Like any healthy producing cow, you milk it. If in the process you fall in love with this cow then don’t send it to the slaughter, you become Hindi and praise her till her teets are red raw. Killie is my cow, and I plan on cashing in while the milk is full of nutritional goodness. My boys just don’t stop winning and the Killie train doesn’t look like slowing down. If it’s not Krissy Boyd doing the damage then it’s his second cousin at centre-back, Scotty Boyd knocking them in with the head. Here’s to hoping the bookies keep overlooking the Scottish league and we can fill our pockets before they start hitting us with the Killie tax and $1.02 markets.
It’s been all fun and games for Livi with back-to-back promotions, putting away sides with players moonlighting on the bagpipes to make ends meet but this time out they come up against real professionals, led by the fearless Kris Boyd. I mean, Livingstone think it’s still the 90’s with 38 year old player-manager Kenny Miller trying to score goals and formulate a winning strategy at the same time. Good luck Kenny. Credit where it’s due, Livi showed guts in their defeat to Celtic last week, and I think that game took a bit out of them physically and mentally as they discovered that a big pot of haggis before a game can sit in the belly and limit mobility.
Steve Clarke, the magic man at the helm, has already stated that they are placing a huge emphasis on getting off to a good start. Which is what cost them a few places in the table last season after a strong finish. 19 shots on goal last time out and it could have been more. Youngster Mikael Ndjoli looks to be an astute piece of business, on loan from Bournemouth and should get some game time to create chances and cause problems. With one eye on Rangers the following week, Killie will want to build on the momentum, breeze past Livi and take down Stevie G and his merry men.
Prediction: 0 – 2
Willem II v VVV Venlo (Both Teams to Score) @ $1.70
Koning Willem II Stadion, 2.30am Sunday
A couple of Eredivisie battlers co me head-to-head this weekend as the Big Show showcases his new-found interest in the Dutch league after backing Ajax to take it out this season. Both of these sides suffered last year from defensive calamities on a regular basis, at times with a more hidden backline than Anne Frank. Tis’ but a new campaign and the daffodils are blossoming in sunny Netherlands although I wouldn’t be expecting football miracles and it’s likely we see more of the same with goals from both ends.
Willem were not too shabby in front of goal in 17/18, mainly due to their talisman Fran Sol who registered 16 in 32, not a bad return for a team struggling to stay alive. They’ve managed to hold onto their key man despite ongoing interest so look for him to get on the scoresheet.
VVV on the other hand have shown promise in their pre-season fixtures, going unbeaten in 5. Their summer business has comprised of 3 frees and 4 loans, the board taking lessons from Daniel Levy as they Spurs it up. The Venlo based side will eye this one as a fixture to come away with at least a point and will be encouraged by a vulnerable Willem backline to take the game to them.
I think Willem might just edge it due to the home ground advantagebut don’t be surprised if this ends in a draw. We may even get to see a glimpse of ex-Arsenal boy Gedion Zelalem as he returns from injury as I know we will all be up in the early hours of Sunday morning to watch this blockbuster.
Prediction: 2 – 2
Angers v Nimes (BTTS) @ $1.91
Stade Jean-Bouin, 4.00am Sunday
Yes, football is back but only limited throughout Europe so when you’re popping your Sunday morning croissant, don’t bother watching the replay of this one as we see yet another two potential cellar dwellers, this time in Ligue 1. Newly promoted Nimes were high flyers in Ligue 2 last year with 75 goals in their campaign, with Le Professors favourite Turk Umut Bozok grabbing 24 goals at the ripe age of 21. Nimes will fancy themselves to get a goal or two here and potentially upset Angers on their home turf with an expansive brand of football that will no doubt leave them exposed at times.
This is where I’m hoping the dazzling JRA who has just completed a move to Angers from Arsenal can fulfil his potential and become the player we all wished he was in London. Top scorer Ekambi has left for pastures new and this does leave Les Scoïstes a bit light up top but I can’t see them not going into this one aiming for anything but a win and that will mean getting on the scoresheet.
Angers haven’t had a great pre-season but as previously stated, this can often not mean much. It’s the real deal now and after the pressures of surviving relegation last season, the squad will be more adept to face an energized Nimes. I can see this one ending in a draw but don’t be surprised if the Crocodiles come away with an upset and take all three points.
Prediction: 1 – 1